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Counterfeit Crochet Purse 

Written By: Stephanie Syjuco 



PARTS: 



Yam(1) 

worsted-weight, brown and mustard acrylic, one skein each. 

Strin g (1) 

gold string for grommets. 

Crochet hooks (1) 

Hook size is indicated on yarn packaging, and one smaller one for making the grommets. 



SUMMARY 

I don't have a formal pattern for this particular handbag, but wanted to share tips on how I 
made it. So far, I've been "freeforming" it on every counterfeit handbag I've made, trying to 
be inventive on how to interpret the textures and parts. I'm hoping that folks try out their own 
techniques and ideas in making their bags, but it's also useful to know what others have 
done, to get your creative juices flowing. 

The following instructions assume a basic knowledge of crochet, and a healthy sense of 
experimentation on the maker's part. I found it helpful to rummage through a few crochet 
books to choose from basic stitch patterns, and got inspiration from a few vintage 70s ones 
as well. There are great online tutorials on how to crochet that will help you build up shapes 
in no time at all. The body of the bag is made of worsted-weight brown and mustard acrylic 
yarn that I bought at my local drugstore (1 skein each is more than enough). I really like the 

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chunky look, and it's faster to work with a thicker yarn. Also, I make no bones about this 
being a "fancy" purse made out of nice or expensive yarn — for me it's all about both 
"debasing" the original and using common materials to interpret the couture. 

The purse has a front flap (where the logo is) that buttons down. Four little gold "grommets" 
(hand crocheted) are at the top corners, and a long handle is run through them to make an 
adjustable long single strap or 2 shorter double straps, depending on how you like to wear it. 



Step 1 — Make the body in 4 separate pieces. 






• The front is a rectangle measuring about 11" wide and 6" long. 

• The sides/bottom are one long piece measuring about 1" wide and 23" long, or the length 
that it takes to wrap around the sides and bottom of the front. 

• The back/flap consists of a square measuring 11" wide and 11" long. 

• The logo panel is a smaller square measuring 6" wide and 6" long. This will eventually 
have the logo appliqued to it, and is whipstitched to the back/flap. 

• The front, sides/bottom, and back/flap are joined using a slipstitch crochet, which makes it 
look kind of like raised piping. You could technically crochet the body of the bag "in the 
round" as one piece, but I liked the more structured look of having separate pieces joined 
together. 

• This faux "quilted" effect is just one way to achieve a grid pattern. It's very textured and 
based on a vintage crochet bedspread I picked up from a thrift store a few years ago. 

• The squarish piece with the logo on it is made using a simple single crochet (sc) and then 
a double crochet (dc) border on the sides and bottom. I wanted something simple so that 
the logo would stand out better (see photo below). 



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Step 2 — Crochet and applique the logo 













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• The logo is super easy, but took a 
few tries to get it right. The trick is 
getting the C's the right length so 
that when you applique them 
together it leaves the telltale gap 
between the curves, the letters 
aren't too chunky, and it's legible. 

• To make the logo: Chain a length 
that corresponds to the inside 
length of your final C, then add an 
extra 2 chains. 

• Turn and double crochet (dc) into 
each chain about a third of the way 
to the end, and dc twice into a 
single chain. Continue along, and 
about two-thirds of the way to the 
end, dc twice again into a single 
chain. Finish the length with a 
single dc in each chain. You'll 
notice the extra dc's help create 
the curve of the C. 

• I used thread instead of yarn to 
applique the logo because I didn't 
want too much of a topstitched 
look. Make sure to intertwine the 
C's, as opposed to just laying one 
on top of the other. Remember, it's 
all about being a good 
counterfeiter! 



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Step 3 — Crochet the "grommets. 1 




• The grommets are made using a 
much finer gold string. Each has 
about a 1/2" open circle inside. I 
used a very tiny hook and chained 
10 stitches, joined them, and did a 
single crochet (sc) inside the circle 
until it felt right. 

• I made 4 of them and stitched 2 
sets (one in the front, one in the 
back) at each corner. The quilted 
pattern of the body uses triple 
crochet stitches (tc), so there's an 
openness to it, and I could find a 
"hole" easily. 



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Step 4 — Make the strap. 



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• Using a technique from my 70s 
crochet book on how to make a belt 
tie for a caftan (awesome!), I 
figured out how to make a relatively 
supple, solid, not too thick, and not 
too skinny strap. The strap is first 
worked in brown yarn, and then 
embroidered with a single mustard 
thread at the end. 

• To make the strap: Chain using 2 
brown yarns at the same time (for 
double thickness), making it the 
final length of the strap. Mine is 40" 
total. The strap is adjustable, and 
can be worn as shorter double 
straps or a longer single strap, 
depending on how you adjust them 
through the grommets. 

• Guide one end of your chain 
through one set of grommets on 
one side, and then through the 
second set of grommets. 

• Join together the chain ends in 
some manner so they are 
permanently looped through the 
bag. 

• Slip stitch through each single 
chain, still using 2 yarns at once, 
going around the loop until you 
come back to your start. This 
makes the strap thicker and less 
flimsy to hold. 

• Use a yarn needle to thread a long 
length of mustard yarn. I had to 
embroider the yarn around the 



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strap twice to achieve the effect I 
wanted. 

• Voila! That's pretty much it! I added 
buttons at the end, but didn't 
necessarily need them. I want to 
put in a brown lining with perhaps a 
zipper to really finish it off and 
make it functional. The laciness of 
the "quilted" pattern means there 
are lots of holes for small things to 
fall out of (goodbye lipstick!), which 
isn't so great. Hence, a lining is 
needed. 

• I wear this purse out into the world 
and it never fails to either confuse 
or amaze people, depending on 
how they feel about counterfeiting, 
or their idea of the "proper" place of 
craft. I have dreams of an army of 
crocheters putting busy hands 
toward crafting their hearts' 
desires, and both laughing at and 
paying homage to the "high-end" 
fashion world! Vive la revolution! 



This 



project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 02 , pages 



54-60. 



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